Angeles University Foundation’s McTracy John Alindogan made his presence felt by breaking the national junior record in the boys’ 13 years 50-meter butterfly on Sunday in the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) 59th Leg Series dubbed as the 5th Senator Nikki Coseteng Swim Cup at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool in Manila.
Alindogan, a multi-gold medallist in the Palarong Pambansa elementary division, registered an impressive 28-second showing to erase the 28.17-second old mark of Gabriel Castelo submitted in the 5th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Inter-Club held in Manila in 2007.
For his feat, the 13-year-old Alindogan received P3,000 cash reward.
He is a consistent Most Outstanding Swimmer awardee in major international competitions, bagging eight golds and two silvers in the 2014 Western Cape Swim Gala in Cape Town, South Africa.
“This kid is really strong. He’s been a consistent medal producer in our campaigns abroad. We’ll help him achieve his dreams step-by-step. It’s our goal to give these kids a proper venue to gauge their skills through sending them to high-caliber international tournaments,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Earlier, University of Santo Tomas standout Sean Terence Zamora surpassed the
national junior record in the boys’ 200m individual medley with his two-minute, 19.44-second performance, beating the former mark of Michaelmars Danila (2:19.85) in 2002.
Zamora and Alindogan posted similar times of 30.08 seconds in the boys’ 50-meter backstroke, to eclipse the 31.00 of Banjo Borja in 2005.
The PSL awards P8,000 each to national record breakers in the senior level and P3,000 each to those in the junior division.
The PSL’s 59th Leg Series will serve as the final tryout for National Capital Region (NCR or Metro Manila) bets for the prestigious World Summer University Games or Universiade to be held in Gwangju, South Korea, in 2015.
The PSL will also select swimmers for future international competitions including the Royal Bangkok Meet later this year in Thailand.
It is accredited by the Federation of School Sports of the Philippines, an affiliate of the International Sports University Federation.
After the NCR tryout, the PSL goes to Iloilo on July 5 to 6 to pick swimmers from the Western Visayas region.